Looking Forward to Season Six

Have you previewed our upcoming sixth season yet?

We’re excited to bring you a mix of emerging writers with first books published or soon-to-be-published, like Jamil Kochai and Tommy Orange, as well as returning favorites with fresh work, like Colin Winnette, Pam Houston, and Shobha Rao. Keep checking back as we finalize our 2018-19 calendar.

Since our series is especially dedicated to showcasing the work of California authors, we think it’s fitting that our third annual Opening Night Gala fundraiser will feature two Northern California writers with debut novels out this summer, Paula Saunders and Vanessa Hua.

Publisher’s Weekly writes that Saunders’ novel, The Distance Home,  “wonderfully depicts the entire lifespan of a singular family.” Saunders’ book has been longlisted for the 2018 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and we’re rooting for Paula, along with two of our authors who also appear on the list, Shobha Rao and Tommy Orange.

Award-winning author Celeste Ng calls Vanessa Hua’s debut novel, A River of Stars, “an utterly absorbing novel about the ruthless love of parenthood and the universal truth that sometimes family runs deeper than blood alone.”

We can’t wait to share another Opening Night with you on September 8, 2018! If you’d like to be notified when gala tickets go on sale, sign up for our monthly mailing list below, and you’ll hear about it first.

Featured Authors & Actors 9/9/17

Join us at our Season Five Opening Night Gala and fundraiser, featuring award-winning science fiction and fantasy. Tickets are sold out—thank you!

To kick off our 2017-18 season, best-selling author and Booker Prize finalist Karen Joy Fowler will present two writers she selected for Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016, Will Kaufman and Liz Ziemska. The evening will also include a silent art auction, good eats, and—back by popular demand—a refreshing Pimm’s Cup cocktail. Every ticket comes with a Stories on Stage Davis canvas tote bag, designed by Davis artist and writer Madeline Gobbo and screenprinted by Sacramento artist Eric Frankenstein.
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About the Authors

Karen Joy FowlerKaren Joy Fowler is the author of seven novels and four short story collections. Her 2013 novel We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize. The Jane Austen Book Club spent thirteen weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list and was a New York Times Notable Book. Fowler’s previous novel, Sister Noon, was a finalist for the 2001 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction. Her debut novel, Sarah Canary, was a New York Times Notable Book, as was her second novel, The Sweetheart Season. In addition, Sarah Canary won the Commonwealth medal for best first novel by a Californian, and was listed for the Irish Times International Fiction Prize as well as the Bay Area Book Reviewers Prize. Fowler’s short story collection Black Glass won the World Fantasy Award in 1999, and her collection What I Didn’t See won the World Fantasy Award in 2011. (Photo: Brett Hall Jones)

Will KaufmanWill Kaufman’s work has appeared in a number of publications, including Lightspeed Magazine, [PANK], and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. He received an MA in Creative Writing from UC Davis, an MFA from the University of Utah, and attended the Clarion Workshop in 2013. He currently lives in LA, where he works as an editor at Edmunds.com. You can find Will online at www.kaufmanwrites.com.

 



Liz ZiemskaLiz Ziemska is a graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Interfictions: 2, Strange Horizons, Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, The Pushcart Prize XLI, and has been nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award. A novella entitled Mandelbrot the Magnificent is forthcoming from Tor/St. Martin’s Press in November 2017. She lives in Los Angeles.

 

 

 

About the Actors

Kelley OgenKelley Ogden is an accomplished performer, director, and producer whose work has been seen throughout the area. Co-founder of acclaimed fringe theater company KOLT Run Creations, she has performed with Capital Stage, Sacramento Shakespeare Festival, Main Street Theatre Works, and Theater Galatea, among others. She earned her BFA in Performance from The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago.

 



Phillip LarreaPhillip Larrea was a prolific actor as a young man, appearing in many Sacramento area community productions and ultimately working professionally in New York in off-Broadway productions, summer stock, and touring companies. He gave it up because he doesn’t like working nights and weekends. He does, however, love doing the occasional one-night stand. Nowadays he is more known as the author of three books, Our Patch, We the People, and, most recently, Part Time Job.

Gratitude and the Power of Fiction

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In September 2013, Jeri Howitt founded Stories on Stage Davis with the support of a small grant and a group of volunteers. We started out in the cozy, upstairs Learning Center at the Pence Gallery and quickly outgrew the space. To accommodate our loyal audience, we moved downstairs to the main gallery, where, every month, we continue to present fiction introduced by authors and read by actors, surrounded by beautiful, sometimes surprising, and always thought-provoking art.

From the beginning, we have been committed to paying our authors and actors for the work they share with us. This August, in need of additional funds to sustain the series and help cover the costs of our 2016-17 season, we launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. We are thrilled to announce that, on October 5, hours before our deadline and with the help of 70 backers, we met our fundraising goal. (If you selected a perk with your donation, know that we’re busy fulfilling them this week and next!)

More than ever, we are proud to call Pence Gallery—and Davis—home, and we offer our sincere thanks to you for supporting our fundraising campaign by donating, telling your friends, and sharing our links; for joining us month after month at the Pence to celebrate the literary, theater, and visual art that makes our region special, and to our authors, for trusting us with their words, and our actors, for bringing words to life.

At our October 8 event, we were moved by author Carmiel Banasky’s remarks on the power of fiction: “Especially in the immediate political climate, fiction is a tool for empathy,” she said. “It is not an escape from reality. It is an invitation to think broader, deeper, and beyond our own skin. It is an invitation to figure out how we are connected.” In the months ahead, we hope every event—every story—will invite you to reflect on the many connections we share as a community, here in Davis and beyond, and inspire conversations that will continue outside the gallery doors.

And yes—Naomi Williams is getting that tattoo!

Thank you,

Elise Winn Pollard and Naomi Williams, co-directors, and the entire Stories on Stage Davis board